Circular Economy Bill passes lower house

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) welcomes the progress of the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Bill 2021, which was passed in the Legislative Assembly on 18 November.

Thirty-four members took to the floor with most speaking favourably of the Bill.  The next steps will be for it to pass the Legislative Council which could be before the end of the year.

The Bill will see Recycling Victoria established as a business unit within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) from 1 July 2022. 

MWRRG, along with the state’s six regional waste and resource recovery groups, will transition to Recycling Victoria from 1 July 2022.

The Bill and formation of Recycling Victoria are key commitments of the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan, Recycling Victoria: a new economy. Recycling Victoria will deliver statewide strategic planning for waste, recycling or resource recovery including administering the container deposit scheme, best practice procurement and contract management, improved data collection and regulation for service standards. 

When established, Recycling Victoria will prepare and publish a Charter of Engagement setting out how it intends to consult and engage with councils, industry, regional communities, and traditional owners. Advisory committees including a local government advisory committee will also be established to advise on the new functions and how the arrangements will impact and benefit councils.

Over the coming months we will work with DELWP, the waste and resource recovery groups, Sustainability Victoria, local government, and industry to ensure a successful transition. The new legislation is part of a $515 million investment by the Victorian Government to reduce waste, boost jobs and increase the amount of resources recovered by recycling. Find out more about the new recycling laws and governance.

 

Last updated: 26/11/2021